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Sociology is interested in the way citizens shape a society and the way a society shapes its citizens. Simply, it is the study of how society functions, or how it doesn’t.

In the series’ inimitable style, Introducing Sociology: A Graphic Guide traces the origins of sociology from industrialization, revolution and the Enlightenment through to globalization, neoliberalism and
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Icon Books (first published January 2017)
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Stuart
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think that Icon Books have done a great job with their illustrated introduction series. Having a pocket and/or coffee table sized book that has a convenient format and bite-sized chunks of information was personally really helpful for someone like me who is constantly jumping between books everyday.

Although it is compact and has a simplistic layout, it is filled to the brim with relevant and helpful information. Gathering together key pioneers in sociology like Marx, Mills, Bauman, Berger, He
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Sanjay Saraf
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter crap!

This 'book' convinced me more than ever that universities around the world should forthwith shut down all Sociology departments. It is fraud in the name of academics.

You don't do science by expressing your subjective opinion. You do it by setting your opinion aside and looking at things objectively. You need to gather data, analyze it, test hypotheses, and then develop theories. Above all, you should be able to apply theories and demonstrate that you improved people's lives in some w
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Yousra Bushehri
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
It didn’t take me long to finish this book but it’s taken me a while to sit down and write a review.

Going into this book, I had a little background in sociology theories since I studied literature both as an undergrad and a graduate student. And a lot of the information wasn’t new. But I think, even if I was new to it all, understanding this book wouldn’t have been hard. Yes there are moment where even I had to reread the same thing a couple of times before it got fully absorbed, but it all wen
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Sandeep Gautam
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was slightly out of my league. I devour books on psychology and so believed that sociology being an allied science will be equally understandable and exciting; however from the book what I gathered about sociology is a dark science - a science obsessed with oppression and how social forces can be, and are used for nefarious purposes. Maybe just as in psychology, we need a strong positive sociology movement in sociology. Maybe there is such a movement afoot, but this particular book doe ...more
Cynthia James
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and informative

I've read a few books on various topics in this series, and so far I think this is the most well-written. I acknowledge it's not easy to cram big topics like sociology into a brief graphic guide and at the same time maintain engagement with the readers - but the author of this book managed to do exactly that. The book is concise, it contains all the most important facts, and written in a way that's engaging and insightful. Having said that, I have to admit that I'm pr
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Cheryl
Jun 19, 2020 marked it as not-in-rolla-okc-wi-but-want
So, is sociology a scientific discipline? Or is it philosophy? Or mythology?
(Same questions apply to anthropology.)
I dunno. I know that psychology has done some good science, but still suffers from historic pseudo-scientific influences. But I honestly know nothing real about Soc. or Anthro.

I dunno if I can find a copy of this to read, or if it will be any good. If you have recommendations, please share!
DOUGLAS J BERRY
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black and white illustrations.

Any subject worth studying is so complex that it's hard to sum up in one sentence. Some of these sociologists should probably switch to political science instead.
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Andrew
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great introduction that allows for a quick and general understanding of the field. It does miss some major theoretical movements and practitioners, however, this is reasonable considering the format and size of the book.
Attand
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blank pages and missing content

The book is good summary. However, there are no of pages blank which are spread out throughout out the book. And at places it seems that the text is missing

The Bong  Talks
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a sociology student myself, I absolutely loved how they've managed to showcase all the major concepts of sociology. Many exquisite details are missing but, for that you can always go back to reference books. ...more
Adam Schenck
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useful overview of an important discipline

I liked this Introducing entry because of the clarity of the overviews of significant contributors to the field of sociology, and the cartoons are unique in style.
Abid
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consised, down to the point

I read this to gain a general idea about the discipline and I hope it's worked . Cool stuff. Definitely recommended
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Alberto
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
my first decent graphic guide. very very very general introduction to the topic, however pleasant.
Ryan
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic intro to the topic

This will give the bare minimum but still an understanding of the overarching topic of this book. It is alright.
sam heaton
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good illustrations, decent content, relatively little bias.
aisha
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
nice little crash course!
Bekah
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clear, concise guide to those new to Sociology - great for students!
Sameer Alshenawi
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
مقدمة عامة جدا للمبتدئين ، اهم ما فيها كان التعريف باعلام هذا العلم و تقديم مساهماتهم
Ines Dias
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Para quem gosta de saber mais sobre teorias do mundo e da sociedade, um ótimo livro!
Dawn Clarke
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

A direct and good summary of sociology. enjoyed the quick, efficient style with the cartoons giving images to associate the 'knowledge ' with. Power to the reader.
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Bhuvana
Engaging enough for a very brief overview of the field for an outsider.
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Easy to read, really informative, simplistic ideas condensed into short summaries for a basic understanding of sociology. If you’re interested in the topic, I’d recommend :)
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“leading sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002), Bourdieu explains that “sociology is a martial art”. Bourdieu is not suggesting that learning sociology will automatically qualify the student for a black belt in Kung Fu. Instead, he sees the value of sociology as helping to “unmask domination”: forms of social inequality based on class, race, gender and much more besides. Despite the existence of domination in our everyday lives, it is often disguised so that we fail to recognize it. For Bourdieu, the role of sociology is to expose the workings of domination throughout our societies.” 0 likes
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